Re: baseball and God

From: George Murphy (gmurphy@raex.com)
Date: Thu Oct 10 2002 - 07:49:35 EDT

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    Ted Davis wrote:
    >
    > George Murphy's humorous comment about theodicy and baseball spurs me to add
    > some thoughts of my own. I'm not trying to start a new thread here, just to
    > throw a little humor into the world. I teach a course on baseball and
    > american life, which sometimes leads me to think strange thoughts.
    >
    > One thought, that God is lefthanded (as I am, of course, and so is my wife
    > and one of our daughters), is almost capable of a deductive proof. It's too
    > long to give here, but the central points include the fact that baseball has
    > been divinely revealed and the fact that first base is on the right side of
    > home plate, from the catcher's point of view, rather than vice versa. If
    > God were not left-handed, this would not be so. Get me to provide the
    > details in person, rather than online, at a future ASA function....
    >
    > I have also thought of writing a modern Bridgewater treatise, as follows:
    > On the Power, Wisdom, and Goodness of God as Manifested in Baseball. I've
    > actually given this one some serious thought, but as yet no serious effort
    > to write it. But it would be lots of fun to try, and I'd start with a
    > theology of suffering: since God is clearly a Cub fan who also likes the Red
    > Sox (God thinks baseball should be played on grass, close to the fans, and
    > preferably in the daylight), then why do those two teams not win the World
    > Series? The answer does have something to do with suffering and theodicy, I
    > suspect. But I won't detail that one too far here, so as not to appear too
    > frivelous with deadly serious theology. But you get the point.
    >
    > George, have you given thought to this line of reasoning? Isn't there more
    > evidence here of the divine character, than in the fact that the Angels beat
    > the Yankees--though I too am rejoicing in that event?

            I can't say I've given a lot of thought to it: While I
    follow & enjoy baseball,
    football is really my sport of preference. But it certainly needs to
    be noted that God
    created the universe "in the big inning."
                                                    Shalom,
                                                    George

    George L. Murphy
    gmurphy@raex.com
    http://web.raex.com/~gmurphy/



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